After The Indy Mini, You Need Food!

Happy Friday!

I am really excited for this weekend’s events! Tomorrow, I am running in the Indy Mini – a flat and fast course complete with a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. What more do you need!? There is no doubt why this race is one of the best.

This is the United State’s largest half marathon, so it just feels incredible to be a part of such a major event! This half marathon will mark my second time with the Indy Mini and my 11th half marathon overall. I did the Indy Mini two years ago with my mom, and I remember how amazing the energy levels were throughout the race. All of the spectators and support really made it one to remember.

 Typically when I finish a half marathon, the last thing on my mind is food. (Always force yourself to eat and drink at least a little something right after you finish!) But, about an hour later, I am ravenous. I am always craving breakfast food, so I thought I would round up some of my favorite places to grab breakfast or brunch around the city!

Want a sit-down classic meal?

Cafe Patachou

Seriously, every single thing is delicious here. Whether you are in the mood for breakfast, lunch or both, you can’t go wrong. The coffee here is self-serve, so go grab yourself a cup while you’re waiting to be seated. Although, if you just ran the half marathon, that may or may not be the best idea… (If you know what I’m talking about, you know.)

I personally am a fan of the omelette with avocado, mushroom and bacon. Have you ever tried avocado in your omelette before? The creamy texture is perfect.

Craving something sweet? The croissant french toast will hit the spot! Better yet, convince your group to order different entrees and then give you a bite, so you can try the cinnamon toast, homemade granola and egg yolk sandwich.

Good Morning Mama’s

This Broad Ripple favorite is delicious. If you’re trying to get away from the Mini crowds, head here although you won’t get away from the brunching crowd.

Here, the mimosas come by the pitchers, and the French toast comes with coffee batter. Again, I recommend the omelette. I had the vegetarian omelette, and it hit the spot. I’m not a vegetarian, but this omelette was the perfect choice. Don’t be afraid of the pesto on top! Just go with it. The java French toast was good, but I would recommend you get a half order to share and an omelette or egg scramble.

Good Morning Mama's Vegetarian Omelette

Lincoln Square Pancake House

Another classic, everything here is incredible. They serve their coffee with a variety of individual cream options, if that’s important to you.

I’d go for the waffle platter. Two mini waffles, eggs, sausage and bacon is always a winner in my book. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this by now, but I like a little bit of everything! This restaurant has pancake in its name, so you know that pancakes are a delicious choice. Light, fluffy and huge!

Delicious Brunch at Lincoln Square

Just wanting something small?

Mo’Joe Coffeehouse

Grab a pastry, bagel or a light sandwich and relax in the comfy couch while reflecting on your 13.1 mile run. Mo’Joe Coffehouse has eclectic decor and delicious coffee concoctions. Sip on a cappuccino or one of those speciality drinks.

Square Donuts

Who doesn’t want something sweet shortly after running a half marathon?! (Okay, sometimes I don’t either. It’s okay.) These donuts are delicious! Grab a donut and a milk or cup of coffee, and you are well on your way to half marathon recovery!

Square Donuts

Are you looking for a culinary experience to give your friends another reason why they should join you in the Indy Mini in 2016?

Milktooth

Milktooth is you place. While the menu allows no substitutions, but don’t let that scare you away. The owners know their stuff. Also, the coffee is brewed to perfection. Try it out, and be amazed!

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Perfect Half Marathon Weather

On a beautiful, sunny 50 degree day, I can’t help but think how perfect this weather would be for running a half marathon. Because of that, I thought it would be fun to do a quick overview of the three half marathons I have run so far this year.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Disney Half Marathon Mother Daughter

What is better than waking up at 3:30 am to run through Cinderella Caste with its Christmas lights on? Nothing! To me, Disney races are the best. Characters, entertainment and spectators are everywhere throughout the course. The half marathon starts at Epcot. We run from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back to Epcot to finish. These are 13.1 magical miles filled with lots of character!

The course is pretty flat. My least favorite part of the course is the last ramp at mile 12. That gradual slope is no fun!

I kept a great pace until mile 9.5 when I couldn’t look past some internal issues. I let my mom go ahead without me at that point. I kept pushing and made it to the finish line in 2:06:24 where I vowed to never dine at Tony’s again.

Disney Princess Half Marathon

Disney Princess Half Marathon

This was my first year participating in the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I decided to do the Glass Slipper Challenge, which meant I ran the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. Two days waking up at 3:30 am to run? What else would you want to do on a Disney runcation? Sleep?! No way. My mom signed up for the half marathon.

The 10k course was great. We started in the Epcot parking lot and ran around part of World Showcase before running around the Boardwalk area. We entered Epcot again and then finished in the Epcot parking lot. I was so happy with my time! 10ks might be my favorite race distance. I finished at 53:33!

The half marathon course is the same as the WDW Marathon Weekend course. I knew what to expect, so that was really helpful mentally. I kept a great pace until mile 10 when my legs started cramping up. I let my mom go ahead (This theme needs to be stopped immediately!), and I finished in 2:03:49. My mom got a new PR with a time of 1:59:50! She inspires me! (Hi, Mom!)

Carmel Half Marathon

Carmel Half Marathon Finisher

Getting excited over a race that isn’t in Disney World is challenging for me! However, my friend’s 25th birthday was the day before, so I had to run this with her.

Getting to this half marathon couldn’t have been easier. I live about 15 minutes away and quickly found a parking spot, met my friend and her parents, and walked to the start line, which is so different than a runDisney race.

The start was very organized, and the course was flat. We enjoyed ourselves this race and didn’t push for a certain time. While the spectators and course entertainment were limited, the perfect weather and pleasant route made up for it. We finished in 2:14:56. I will definitely run this race again next year! I highly recommend it to everyone located around Indiana.

Next up? The Indy Mini on May 2 with my boyfriend where I hope to break the 2 hour barrier! Can our relationship last 13.1 miles? 🙂

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